Motivation is a finicky variable that often feels out of our control. I have a two-pronged approach to the way it interacts with and impacts my extracurricular learning practice.
Worldview: Be more forgiving
Motivation fluctuates. It just does. There is no such thing as a state of perpetual enthusiasm.
Let it fluctuate. When it comes to content you’re consuming as a hobby, for the enjoyment of it, there isn’t actually a test at the end of it. There aren’t deadlines or requirements. It’s not actually school.
Behavior: Play with time
While letting it fluctuate on a high level, you can also experiment with ways to inspire it.
Try blocking off a set amount of time to read- whether that’s 15 minutes or an hour. Try just starting to listen to a podcast- give it a few minutes and turn it off if you’re still feeling motivated or focused.
If it doesn’t work, see above about letting it fluctuate. But at least you tried.
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I’m also experimenting with different length for these newsletters. Maybe sometimes they’re shorter, sometimes they’re longer. Am I going to have enough distinct topics about the practice of learning to keep the scope of the newsletters limited to that? I guess we’ll see.